Invasor defined himself as an elite racehorse in three countries, at seven tracks, and in some of the world’s most prestigious races.
After breaking his maiden in his career debut in February 2005 as a 3-year-old in Uruguay, Invasor went on to win the Uruguayan Triple Crown that year, capturing the Polla de Potrillos-Uruguayan Two Thousand Guineas, Gran Premio Jockey Club, and the Gran Premio Nacional Uruguayan Derby, all Group 1 events. He won all five of his races that year for trainer Anibal San Martin to be named Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male in Uruguay.
A bay son of Candy Stripes out of the Interprete (ARG) mare Quendom (ARG), Invasor was purchased for $1.4 million by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum to run for Shadwell Stable after winning the Uruguayan Triple Crown. Kiaran P. McLaughlin assumed Invasor’s training duties for Shadwell and Fernando Jara became his regular rider.
At age 4, Invasor was named Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male when he won the Pimlico Special, Suburban Handicap, Whitney Handicap, and Breeders’ Cup Classic, all Grade 1 events. He defeated Preakness and Travers winners Bernardini in the Classic. Invasor was ranked No. 1 in the 2006 World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings.
Invasor returned to the races at age 5 in 2007 and won the Grade 1 Donn Handicap and Group 1 Dubai World Cup before being retired. Nine of his 11 career victories were in Grade/Group 1 events. He finished with a career record of 11-0-0 from 12 starts and earnings of $7,804,070.
McLaughlin described Invasor as “a once in a lifetime horse.”